Vodafone strengthens BMW IoT partnership with eCall emergency service

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Vodafone will now provide IoT SIM cards to BMW’s first motorcycle with an emergency call system on board

The K 1600 GT will be the first BMW motorbike to feature Vodafone’s eCall IoT service, which automatically contacts emergency services if an accident occurs.

The BMW Motorrad ConnectedRide eCall system works using a Vodafone IoT SIM card embedded under the vehicle’s seat. It will contact an emergency service team from a network throughout Europe if an accident occurs. Over 2.5 million BMW cars are already connected by Vodafone using the same eCall system.

Developed by BMW Motorrad the system uses various sensors that monitors speed and angle to identify when an incident has happened. Users can also manually contact the BMW call centre by pressing a SOS button on the handlebars.

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According to BMW, the system allows rescue services to arrive at accident sites up to 50 per cent faster.

This isn’t the first time Vodafone has partnered with a motoring manufacturer. Last month a partnership with Skoda was forged to provide in-car Internet of Things (IoT) connectivity in all Kodiaq models.

“The first BMW motorcycle with the eCall system shows just how many possibilities there are for the Internet of Things. And this is just the beginning. It is estimated that by 2020 around 20 billion devices will be sharing data,” said Vodafone IoT director Ivo Rook.

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